This morning I learned that, due to no funding whatsoever, the Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick will be forced to cease. This is a great pity. It is an institution that has brought great life and colour to the city, and which has influenced a huge number of artists in the area generally.
And not just dancers and choreographers - a fair number of performance artists, writers, painters, printmakers, singers, and people from so many other unexpected disciplines all came and experienced Daghdha events and performances. Their Mamuska Nights evoked many diverse reactions, and inspired many to think in different directions. Daghdha added a vital shot of something that stirred everything up, showed up new possibilities and interpretations, and made us look again.
We thought they were mad. But they made us laugh, wonder, and more importantly, made us think. I think it very likely that the institution will be reborn in some form, and I look forward to this new incarnation of the Daghdha Dance Company, wherever it is. It would be good if it was in Limerick, but the various people involved will have to go where the work takes them. Let's hope that it brings them back to Limerick from time to time.
And I would love to know what is going to happen with the Space?
Added 7 March: If you want to help save the organisation, sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/daghdha/petition-sign.html